American Water it has been awarded the operation and maintenance contract for the city of Camden, N.J., water and sewer services. The contract award, which is valued at approximately $125 million over a term of ten years, follows a period of negotiations after the company’s Contract Services Group was selected through a competitive bid process. American Water’s Contract Services Group is part of the company’s market-based American Water Enterprises subsidiary.
American Water’s regulated subsidiary, New Jersey American Water, currently owns and operates water systems serving one-third of the city of Camden. Residents who receive their water service from New Jersey American Water are unaffected by this operations and maintenance contract.
“We are pleased to award this contract to American Water for the City’s water and sewer services,” said Mayor Dana L. Redd. “The operations and maintenance contract with American Water Contract Services Group provides increased utility service while reducing costs to the city. These savings will help pay for needed system improvements, which will provide better service for our residents and businesses.”
“We are excited to operate and improve the water and sewer systems serving the city of Camden through this contract,” said David Choate, president of American Water Contract Services. “Through our operations, engineering, and technology expertise, we are looking forward to implementing changes and partnering with the city to make critical system improvements to reduce water loss, improve water taste, help better manage storm water issues and provide high quality service to the city’s utility customers.”
Beginning Feb. 1, 2016, the city’s water and sewer system customers will be managed by American Water’s Contract Services Group. The company expects a smooth transition for customers. Customers will receive information in their regular billing cycle beginning in February.
Source: American Water